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ENG099 Basic Composition (3)
A course designed to develop the principles and techniques of written English composition and to strengthen basic skills in grammar, punctuation, sentence, and paragraph construction. The course is required of students who do not meet the College's criteria for performance on the English section of the ACT, currently 17 or lower (or a score lower than 450 on the SAT). This course uses the remedial grading system and does not count toward the 128 hours needed for graduation or satisfy any core requirement.

ENG106 Fundamentals of Business and Academic Writing (3)
Course Requirement: Enrollment in TAP program. Students will develop academic and business writing skills. The course will emphasize effective writing and communication skills needed in academic and professional settings. Students will learn to create concise, professional documents for internal and external stakeholders. Legal and ethical standards for business and academic writing, including plagiarism, writing with integrity, and using bias-free language will be covered. Cross-listed as BUA 106.

ENG150 Literature, Writing and Research (3)
A reading and writing intensive course topical in nature, with multiple topics offered each semester. The course invites students to explore literature as a meaningful and complex expression of human experience. Students will learn to identify literary strategies and to articulate critical issues raised by texts. An integral component of the course will be a research essay incorporating MLA format.

ENG210 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
Course Requirement: English or English-Secondary Education students. A course taken during the freshman year. Students will develop multiple strategies for reading and interpreting a variety of literature, including poetry, short stories, novels, and reflective essays; analyze styles, genres, themes, trends, and rhetorical devices; explore the cultural forces and historical contexts that surround literary works; learn to apply an understanding of literary elements and theory; enhance invention, writing, research and citation skills; and contemplate the nature of English as an academic discipline.

ENG212 Adolescent Literature for Teachers (3)
Prerequisite: EDU 201. A reading- and writing-intensive course focusing on developing strategies for reading and analyzing adolescent literature, and for teaching such material in middle school contexts with a strong focus on pedagogical strategies and curricular development. *This course is required for Education Middle School majors with an English-Communication teaching specialty. Due to the emphasis on pedagogy, this course is not recommended for students fulfilling English core requirements. Cross-listed as EDU 212.

ENG227 Mythology & Literature (3)
An examination of selected literature for the purposes of exploring the mythologies of various cultures and examining the use of myth in various texts. It is not a Mythology course, per se, but instead explores how writers weave ancient myth and mythical patterns within more modern texts to create complex webs of meaning and association. The course might include works by writers such as Milton, Keats, Joyce, Welty, Bellow, Updike, and many others.

ENG229 African-American Literature (3)
An examination of selected readings from the literature of African-American culture, including fiction, theatre, essays, songs, poetry, and folklore. The course may utilize selections from African and American folklore and mythology, slave spirituals, nineteenth century escape narratives and literature, the writings of the 1920's Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary works.

ENG235 Classic Science Fiction (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 150, recommended. A focus on the short stories of the heyday of the genre, when science fiction progressed from the tradition of the action-adventure story all the way to the serious musings of speculative fiction. It will investigate the subject matter of science fiction: artificial intelligence, aliens, space exploration, futuristic societies, and the dangers of technological development. Here in the 21st century, technology is growing at an amazing pace, transforming our world almost daily. The course will examine questions such as :Has the body of literature known as Science Fiction been able to predict the future? What ideas and expectations did the science fiction writers from the 20th century have, and how many of these ideas have come to fruition?

ENG242 Film and the Novel (3)
Students will study how to read a film, with particular emphasis on the art of translation of novels into films. Students explore the relationship between two highly developed art forms, through critical reading and comparison.

ENG244 Native American Literature (3)
An introduction to Native American studies by means of contemporary Native American writing: fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The course focuses on the long oral Native American tradition and how contemporary writers have translated it into the written word.

ENG255 Special Topics (3)
Writing-intensive topical literature courses will be offered under this number as English electives.

ENG255CW Special Topics in Creative Writing (3)
Creative writing courses will be offered under this number as English electives.

ENG260 The Vietnam War in Literature & Film (3)
A writing-intensive literature elective that provides a focused study of some of the best literature written by Vietnam Veterans (American and Vietnamese), and of major motion picture and documentary depictions of the Vietnam War. The course will begin with a historical overview of the Vietnam conflict, and while this will not be a Vietnam history course, students will be expected to understand major related historical and political events of the era. We will examine a variety of personal perspectives in literature, poetry, and memoir, and explore the changing cultural responses to the war as reflected in Hollywood's uses of the Vietnam conflict in selected feature films. The course will stress class participation, discussion, and thoughtful reflection and analysis through journal writing, essays, oral reports, and a research project.

ENG262CW Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
In a workshop atmosphere, students will fine-tune revising and editing skills for their original creative nonfiction manuscripts. This course will also introduce students to a variety of creative nonfiction styles and formats. The course is very writing-intensive, and includes original manuscripts, critiques, reviews, creative exercises, and readings in creative nonfiction. As a final project, students will create a collection of their creative nonfiction manuscripts. The course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the instructor. This course fulfills either a fine art or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core.

ENG270CW Creative Writing Survey (3)
In a studio-oriented atmosphere, students will explore a range of creative writing genres including poetry (free verse, "slam, "spoetry," and traditional forms), flash fiction and short story, song lyrics and dramatic scene writing. The course will also emphasize special stylistic techniques and aesthetics that inform specific expressive genres. Class sessions will emphasize invention activities and feature interactive workshops about drafts in progress. Students will read and discuss examples of "classic" and "popular" literature with an eye toward aesthetic value-how does its content work technically and why is it circulating among hundreds of people? This course fulfills either a fine arts or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core.

ENG277 Appalachian and Kentucky Writers (3)
Recommended prerequisite: ENG 150. Literature written by Kentucky and Appalachian writers, as well as literature about those places will be the focus of this course. Through study of this regional literature, students will learn about the history of Appalachian migration and settlement; the influence of coal mining and other industry on local people; oral traditions, folklore, and folk arts; music and dance culture; food, spirituality, and domestic living. Students will also discuss Kentucky and Appalachian stereotypes and conflicts of identity.

ENG298 English Internship (3)
An on- or off campus experience, often in a business, usually in a position requiring the use of written communications or research skills.

ENG300 Independent Study (3)
Independent study courses are student initiated and based on interest and ability with direct supervision of an English Department faculty member. Topics may include writing, creative writing, linguistics, or literature.

ENG304 Effective Business Writing (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 150. A course to improve writing skills in business situations, emphasizing the application of business principles in a diverse workplace. Cross-listed as BUA 305. This course does NOT fulfill the English core requirement.

ENG305 Playwriting (3)
Students will study dramatic structure and pay special attention to the one act play form. Students will write a playlet with a view toward production in Playwright's Lab. As a final project the student is expected to write a more fully developed one act play, either an original or an adaptation from another literary form. This course can be used to fulfill the upper level English core requirement or the fine arts requirement. Cross-listed with THR 305.

ENG320 Rhetorical Grammar (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 150. An advanced writing course to help students develop stylistic maturity in their own writing by examining grammatical structures and making intentional rhetorical choices. Topics include subordination, coordination, clauses and phrases, sentence structure, cohesion, rhythm, and mechanics. This course will be helpful for all majors.

ENG321 Advanced Composition (3)
An advanced writing course designed to help students further their skills in expository and argumentative writing. In this course students will hone invention process and revision skills. This course is recommended for pre-med, pre-law, business majors, or any students who wish to strengthen and polish their writing skills.

ENG322CW Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
An introduction to the process of creative writing, concerned primarily with the craft of writing poetry, in a workshop fashion with in-class writing, critiques, discussion, and selected creative writing exercises. The course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the instructor. This course fulfills either a fine arts or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core.

ENG323CW Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
An introduction to the process of creative writing, concerned primarily with the craft of writing fiction, in a workshop fashion with in-class writing, critiques, discussion, and selected creative writing exercises. The course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the instructor. This course fulfills either a fine arts or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core.

ENG331 Shakespeare (3)
Students will study Shakespeare's work, including tragedies, comedies, histories, narrative poems, and sonnets. Elizabethan English and some history of Shakespeare's life and times will also be covered.

ENG343 American Literature to 1865 (3)
An upper level period course that provides an intense study of American literature from the Colonial era to the Civil War, with a special focus on the inter-relatedness of social issues in early American history, society, and their thematic echoes and explorations in American literature. The course will examine major literary movements and trends of the 18th and 19th centuries, and writers such as Bradstreet, Paine, Franklin, Jefferson, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Stowe, Lincoln, and others, with a special focus on the roots of African-American literature, including slave narratives, escape tales, folklore, and protest writings.

ENG344 American Literature 1865 to 1950 (3)
An upper level period course that provides an intense study of American literature from the Civil War to 1950, including a focus on major literary movements of the 19th and 20th century including Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism. Writers studied may include: Dickinson, Twain, Norris, Chopin, Bierce, Crane, James, Wharton, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, O'Neil, Dos Passos, Frost, Stevens, Wright, Hurston, O'Connor, Welty, Williams, West, and others.

ENG345 Contemporary American Literature (3)
An advanced period course that provides an overview of major American authors since WWII, with a focus on how they respond in their art to significant issues facing contemporary American society. The course will develop an understanding of contemporary literary trends, such as the "Beat" writers of the 1950's, and Post-Modern literary experiments such as meta-fiction, the "new journalism," and "magical realism," as well as the continuing traditions of realism and naturalism.

ENG346 American Novel (3)
A general survey of representative American novels from 19th century to the present. Works will be chosen from major writers such as Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Crane, Twain, Chopin, James, Norris, Cather, Wharton, Lewis, Hurston, Dreiser, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Heller, Ellison, Baldwin, Porter, Bellow, Welty, Gordon, Vonnegut, Updike, DeLillo, Walker, Morrison, Momaday, Silko, Kingston, Smiley, and others.

ENG347 English Novel (3)
A survey of the English novel and its development as a new genre (beginning mid Eighteenth century). It will include representative novels from over two centuries up to the present, selected from writers such as Sterne, Defoe, Fielding, Smollett, Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Cary, Naipal, Forester, Waugh, Murdoch, Burgess, and Fowles.

ENG355 Special Topics (3)
Special topics courses are offered periodically as electives when courses are developed that deviate from offerings of the established curriculum, but are nonetheless consistent with departmental goals.

ENG362CW Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
In a workshop atmosphere, students will fine-tune revising and editing skills for their original creative nonfiction manuscripts. This course will also introduce students to a variety of creative nonfiction styles and formats. The course is very writing-intensive, and includes original manuscripts, critiques, reviews, creative exercises, and readings in creative nonfiction. As a final project, students will create a collection of their creative nonfiction manuscripts. The course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the instructor. This course fulfills either a fine art or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core.

ENG371 Development of Drama I (3)
An intensive study of the development of the drama from Aeschylus to Ibsen. Part I will cover drama from Greek times through the Renaissance exclusive of Shakespeare. Development of Drama I is required of English-Secondary Education majors.

ENG372 Development of Drama II (3)
An intensive study of the development of the drama from Aeschylus to Ibsen. Part II will cover drama from the seventeenth century to Ibsen. Development of Drama I is required of English-Secondary Education majors.

ENG376 Modern Drama (3)
A course designed to acquaint the student with the directions being taken by important contemporary dramatists. The course deals with Twentieth Century Realism and Expressionism through the more recent developments in Existentialist and Absurdist drama.

ENG378 Environmental Literature (3)
Recommended pre-requisite: ENG 150. Students will explore the changing face of nature through diverse genres in creative and academic writing. Students will examine interpretations of people existing within nature, analyzing themes of conquest, victimization, biodiversity, inspiration, social justice, adventure and enlightenment presented by authors. Literary and rhetorical concepts emphasized, along with a general appreciation for the natural environment. The curriculum will include some experiences with field study, artistic creation and ecocriticism. Authors include, but are not limited to, Leopold, Muir, Carson, Emerson, Thoreau, Louv, Schlosser, Williams, Kingsolver, Bartram, Dillard.

ENG381 English Literature to 1660 (3)
An investigation of the development of literature that began with the Anglo-Saxon oral tradition. Students begin by reading major works of Old English Verse such as Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf and read through the onset of Middle English Literature, the language of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The survey closes with a study of Elizabethan Literature devoting special attention to Shakespearean drama.

ENG382 English Restoration through Romantics (3)
Students will study the development of English literature beginning with the Jacobean era in 1603, reading playwrights (including late Shakespeare), poets, novelists, and satirists of the 17th and 18th century, concluding with the early Romantics such as Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge. Required of English majors.

ENG383 English Romanticism (3)
Students will study selected works of major British writers of the Romantic era of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in order to more fully comprehend "Romanticism" and appreciate the manner in which authors confronted the problems they felt central in life and in art. This course is recommended for Sigma Tau Delta members, as a course in which a conference paper could be developed. It is an elective for non-majors and English majors and is especially valuable for those considering graduate school and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

ENG384 Nineteenth Century English Literature (3)
Students will complete an intensive study of Late Romantic and Victorian writing. This course begins with the later Romantic authors, continues with major works of the great Victorian novelists and poets, and concludes with the more revolutionary writing of the fin-de-siecle. Required of English majors.

ENG385 Twentieth Century English Literature (3)
Literature of modernity and postmodernity is studied. E. M. Forester, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and T. S. Eliot usher in the period of modernity that lasted through WWII. Other writers such as Derek Walcott, Ted Hughes, Chinua Achebe, Tom Stoppard and Seamus Heaney respond to the social and political displacement in the post-war years through the dissolution of the Empire. Required of English majors.

ENG386 Contemporary British Literature (3)
This course offers students a study of the most recent generation of writers in the British literature tradition and thereby completes the comprehensive range of surveys in English Literature. The curriculum is designed for students interested in literature written by contemporary authors-authors who, in relation to canonical literature, are either recently established or emerging. While several of these writers are indeed indigenous to England, others write from and about regions formerly recognized as territories of the British Commonwealth: Australia, the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and West Africa. Decolonized only within the last several decades, each of these regions has become the site for the development of complex literary traditions.

ENG401 Directing I (3)
Prerequisite: THR 105, 205, 207. An introduction to the craft of directing, with particular emphasis on script analysis. Students will develop a methodology for reading and interpreting scripts, and explore the means of realizing a play's interpretation on stage by examining staged works. Cross-listed as THR 401.

ENG405 English Senior Seminar (3)
Course requirement: English and English-Secondary Education students. A seminar focusing on the knowledge and application of literary research and theory. It includes the study of several challenging works chosen from writers such as Milton, Joyce, James, Eliot, and others. Required of English majors.

ENG424CW Advanced Creative Writing (3)
Prerequisite: ENG 322 and 323. The curriculum is designed for students who have already produced a substantial amount of creative work, and who are interested in learning about the publication process. Other students with significant experience in creative writing may add the course with the instructor's permission. This course fulfills a writing workshop requirement for upper level English majors in the creative writing track.. The course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the instructor. This course fulfills either a fine arts or upper level literature and writing requirement for the core. Required in the Creative Writing concentration.

ENG429 Poetry (3)
Poetic expression: a study of versification, evolution of traditional verse forms, free verse, and the new poetry; figurative language; emphasis on poets' novel use of language and formal patterning. The course includes the study of influential poets from various periods.

ENG434 History and Literature of Ireland 1798-1926 (3)
A study of the interlocking roles played by history and literature in the rise of Irish nationalism from 1798 to 1926. Cross-listed as HIS 434.

ENG449 The Southern Renaissance (3)
An overview beginning with the ante and post bellum cultural and philosophical roots of 1930's literary Renaissance in the American South, continuing through to contemporary southern writers. Readings selected from authors such as Faulkner, Tate, Wolfe, Welty, Warren, Wright, Williams, Hurston, Ellison, O'Connor, Capote, Porter, Gaines, Dickey, Walker, Styron, Percy, Barth, Gilchrist, Price, and others.

ENG455 Advanced Special Topics (3)
An intense, focused study of a topic of special interest to the faculty, usually requiring extensive reading and research.

ENG455CW Advanced Special Topics in Creative Writing (3)
An intense, focused study of a topic of special interest to the faculty.

ENG475 Shakespeare's Comic Imagination (3)
An intense immersion into Shakespeare's major romantic and "problem" comedies. The course focuses on how Shakespeare bends the classic conventions of the genre of Comedy to his own ends to create a new dramatic form distinctly "Shakespearean." This is an advanced course for the English major and requires a significant amount of reading. It can be taken as an elective by any student. Taught in a seminar-like atmosphere, students will be expected to produce a research project incorporating scholarly criticism.